Digital Footprint Assignment

1. How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities? Give at least two examples.

Your digital footprint could affect your future by affecting your job opportunities. For example, if you posted something offensive or against your employers beliefs couple years ago, that still sticks with you. This could influence your employers image of you and perhaps cost you your job.

Another example is it could affect your future relationships with people. Perhaps someone saw an old post that they didn’t agree with, that could affect your future interactions and cause a negative reaction.

2. Describe at least three strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe.

Three ways of making sure your digital footprint safe and appropriate, is firstly by thinking before you post. Review what you’re about to say and see if it has any ill intent to it. Secondly, don’t post any sensitive information about yourself, such as your location or passwords. And lastly, stay away from NSFW or websites promoting illegal or bad intent content.

3. If you could go back in time, is there anything you would do differently online? Think of what type of advice you would pass on to your younger self or other students. How could you go about explaining it to them?

If I could give myself or younger students advice, it would probably be that they shouldn’t feel compelled to post on social media at such a young age. Already at age 9 to 10, kids already become obsessed with socials, and at that age you’re not quite mature and so you might post things you regret. If you look back on those posts as a teenager, you’ll agree that sometimes you post the cringiest of things. My thoughts are wait until you know what image you want to put online, and then go from there.